Utah police officer copes with hearing loss

Posted at 9:49 PM, Aug 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-09 23:49:30-04

UTAH COUNTY – Sgt. Spencer Cannon is familiar to many FOX 13 News viewers as the spokesman for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, and while he may have a talent for speaking he has a hard time hearing.

Cannon has spent 24 years in law enforcement, and he said it’s a career that comes with a lot of noise. He also spent eight years in the military and has a family history of hearing loss.

It was Cannon’s family who first noticed he had hearing issues, but he said he didn’t initially notice a benefit after he saw an audiologist and was given hearing aids.

He said: "After I'd had them for a few days, I mentioned to my wife that I didn't think I was noticing much difference, and she was like 'Are you kidding? I'm not repeating myself nearly as often as I usually do.'"

Cannon said that before he started using hearing aids he had trouble hearing while on the job. Traffic noise seemed louder than people’s voices, and he had to ask people to speak up on many occasions. But with some top-of-the-line tech he is faring better.

"This is one half of my $3,000 set of hearing aids,” he said of the devices. "Incredibly small, really advanced technology… This is the Bluetooth device that I wear on my collar, I can program this so I can connect to my telephones, it will connect to multiple phones. When I get a phone call then I just press a little button on the Bluetooth then I'm able to just normally stand there and talk and I'm hearing the phone conversation through the Bluetooth, or through the hearings aids, because of the Bluetooth."

Cannon said he is glad for the hearing aids while at work, as well as when singing with his family and with church choirs.